Nevada Ed-Watch: 11/03/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, November 3, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • Student discipline data disparities
  • State Public Charter School Authority appointments
  • College and Career Readiness High School Assessment process and student involvement

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The Department held the Nevada Future of Learning network convening in October. Discussion included the “Portrait of the Learner” initiative, competency-based education, and what stakeholders want kids to be able to do when they graduate from high school. Highlights from the event include a student panel, and discussions on future jobs and community engagement.
  • The December Board meeting will include community stakeholders, school districts, and charter schools to review their progress in 2022.
  • A stakeholders’ meeting for NRS 385.040 was held.
  • The NSHE Board of Regents’ representative on the Board reported that 2022-2023 enrollment is slightly down for the system. A committee to review the roles and responsibilities of the chancellor is underway. The Regents are currently awaiting the Governor’s proposed budget and the 2023 legislative session.

Superintendent’s Report

  • Several new staff positions were announced.
  • The Advanced Career and Technical Education Conference will be held in Las Vegas from November 30 – December 3.
  • Nevada was selected to participate in the National P-3 Institute Annual Conference.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Explore the consent agenda items.

Board Received a Presentation on the English Mastery Council Final Report

The English Mastery Council (EMC) was charged with making recommendations concerning criteria for District English Learner (EL) policy, reviewing district EL policies, making recommendations concerning requirements to teach English as a Second Language (ESL), and making recommendations for standards and criteria for curriculum for English learners.

Recommendations from the EMC include:

  • Amending regulatory language for endorsements to teach a program of bilingual education
  • Providing targeted funding for students in the lowest 25th percentile of English language academic achievement, equivalent to funding provided for EL students
  • Requiring each district to create a policy and implementation plan for meeting the needs of students performing in the lowest 25th percentile of English language academic achievement
  • Requiring schools in the lowest 25th percentile of English language academic achievement to develop a corrective action plan
  • Requiring all school districts to create a detailed EL plan to implement their EL policy, regardless of the number of ELs in the district and even if there are not ELs currently identified in the district, and specifying ELD curriculum materials and instructional methods
  • Properly and accurately identifying EL students to avoid over-identification of special education students and under-identification of GATE students
  • Conducting professional development to improve instruction and assessment for ELs
  • Increasing educator capacity through opportunities such as recruiting and incentivizing teachers with TESL/ELAD endorsements or those with equity and evidence training
  • Requiring districts to establish procedures and opportunities for parents of EL students to provide feedback and recommendations on EL programming

Some members of the Board will be participating in a sub-committee to continue this discussion further and prioritizing recommendations from the EMC.

Explore the presentation.

Board Awarded Teach Nevada Scholarships

The Board approved $2.5 million in awards for the Teach Nevada Scholarships – Phase II. These scholarships will be distributed to Clark County School District, Great Basin College, UNLV, UNR, and Washoe County School District, in multiple programs.

Explore the presentation and awards.

Board Reviewed the Draft Survey and Process for the College and Career Readiness High School Assessment RFP Survey

Beginning in 2018, Nevada began to use the ACT as the state’s college and career readiness assessment, and the process for that assessment is up for review. The Board reviewed the draft survey and process for obtaining public comment for the RFP process for the College and Career Readiness High School Assessment.  

Several of the questions have been shortened and simplified from a version previously presented to the Board. A question was added on career readiness to the survey, and the survey will proceed.

Explore the survey draft.

Board Received a Presentation on Discipline Data, Disaggregated by Population

The Board received a presentation on discipline data disaggregated by student groups. Disparities persist with suspensions and expulsions among white, Black, and Hispanic students. Additional data was presented on different types of disciplinary infractions, as well as on the approach to improve school climate. The approach includes the Multi-Tiered Systems of support, restorative justice practices, and social and emotional learning.

Explore the presentation and data.

Board Received a Presentation on the Nevada Educator Performance Framework Summative Evaluation Ratings and Survey Data

This presentation is part of an annual review of the statewide performance evaluation system. On the Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF), there was an increase in teachers rated as highly effective, and a decrease in teachers rated as effective. There was also a slight increase in administrators rated effective, and a decrease in administrators rated highly effective.

Staff also reviewed results from the annual Monitoring for Continuous Improvement (MCI) educator surveys. About 24% of administrators and 31% of teachers responded, with most respondents agreeing that the evaluation helped identify areas of growth and focused more on professional growth rather than awarding a score or rating. Most respondents also agreed that feedback positively impacted instructional/leadership practice.

Explore the presentation and results.

Board Selected an Appointee to the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority Board

The Board appointed Cindi Rivera as a Board of Education appointee to the Nevada State Public Charter School Authority Board. Rivera will serve on the SPCSA board for the duration of an unexpired term ending June 30, 2024.

Explore the candidates’ applications.

Board Discussed a Position Statement for the Upcoming 2023 Legislative Session

The Board discussed a revised version of its position statement on additional funding from the 2023 legislative session. Additional edits were made to underscore the impact of the areas of focus (educator recruitment, training retention, and support; pre-k programs; and infrastructure) on student outcomes, add a statement that funding alone will not solve the challenges outlined and to explore additional pathways to address these challenges, and incorporate other changes prior to sending.

Explore the draft position statement.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for Temporary Regulation #T005-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Temporary Regulation #T005-22, which would lower the weight of an end-of-course final from the currently required 20% of a student’s final course grade to 5% of a student’s final course grade for the 2022-2023 school year; and request that for 2022-2023 school year, only Math I, Integrated Math I, and ELA I-Reading Comprehension End of Course (EOC) assessments are administered, scored, and used in a student’s final course grade. This change would remove the Math II, Integrated Math II, and ELA II exams from being administered in the 2022-2023 school year.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for Temporary Regulation #T007-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Temporary Regulation #T007-22, regarding the uniform grading scale for all public high schools to include dual credit courses and assign the same weight for such courses assigned to advanced placement courses.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Future Agenda Items

The December meeting will include the annual stakeholders’ meeting to discuss benchmarks and goals.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subjects:

  • Monthly payments from the Pupil Centered Funding Plan
  • Math achievement and math teacher shortages
  • Equity in language access regarding school nurses and health staff

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 15, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 10/06/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, October 6, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • No public comment was provided during this time.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R132-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for and approved Regulation #R132-22, establishing requirements governing the enrollment of certain children who are admitted to a mental health facility, including parameters and regulations for a student who may or may not be enrolled in a public school when that student is admitted to a mental health facility.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R136-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R136-22, revising provisions relating to counting attendance and enrollment of students. Changes include additional definitions of instructional days and periods, school quarters, and chronic absenteeism; reporting and coding of absences; and clarifying when a student is considered withdrawn from a school.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R143-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R136-22, establishing certain requirements for the Handle with Care program, including maintaining confidentiality, training, and plans for data security.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Temporary Regulation #T003-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Temporary Regulation #T003-22, revising the Pupil-Centered Funding Plan’s definition of “at-risk pupil” to a pupil that “has an economic or academic disadvantage such that they require additional services and assistance to enable them to graduate with their cohorts. The term includes, without limitation, pupils who are members of economically disadvantaged families, pupils who are at risk of dropping out of high school, and pupils who do not meet minimum standards of academic proficiency.” It also specifies that the definition of “at-risk” does not include pupils with a disability, pupils also designated as gifted and talented, or pupils who are English Learners.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R146-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R146-22, revising certain provisions governing career and technical education programs, including that a school district or governing body of a charter school shall have advisory technical skills committees to consult with regularly on the program, and removing language regarding district size.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for Regulation #R147-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R147-22, revising provisions regarding adult high school programs and revising certain provisions regarding the award of an adult standard diploma. The revisions include specifying the age for the program and criteria to earn an adult high school diploma.

The board tabled approving this regulation, and Staff will be revising language to incorporate a transition period between when credits shift from full credit to half credit as specified on the revised regulations.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for and Approved Regulation #R159-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #R159-22, revising the requirements of certain licensed teachers to complete training or professional development, revising the duties and responsibilities of certain licensed teachers and replacing an obsolete term. The revisions include what training a literacy specialist shall complete and roles and responsibilities of a literary specialist.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Board Conducted a Public Hearing for Temporary Regulation #T005-22

The Board conducted a public hearing for Regulation #T005-22, prescribing the minimum score a pupil must attain on an end-of-course final to receive credit for that course. The regulations would lower the currently required 20% of a student’s final course grade to 5%, and would remove the Math II, Integrated Math III, and ELA II exams from being administered in the 2022-2023 school year. Only Math I, Integrated Math I, and ELA I-Reading Comprehension EOC assessments would be administered.

This item was pulled from the agenda and will be resubmitted for a public hearing and possible approval at a later date.

Explore the proposed regulation and public hearing materials.

Public Comment #2

  • No public comment was provided during this time.

Recess

Public Comment #3

  • Communities in Schools’ partnership and new sites

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The 2022 Superintendent of the Year was awarded to Dr. Summer Stephens of Churchill County.
  • The new National Assessment of Educational Progress Data has been released. More information on Nevada-specific data will be presented at a future meeting.
  • The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium is the 3-8th grade standardized assessment. There have been additional communications and context provided to parents and families on process, improvement, and engagement tools and techniques.
  • State Public Charter School Authority Board Appointment has a vacancy. Applications close on 10/20 and will be reviewed at the Board’s November meeting.
  • Regent Arrascada presented a Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents report. Highlights included 20,000+ awards conferred from NSHE, and a partnership with the Department of Education on career and technical education and dual enrollment programs. NSHE’s submitted budget includes workforce development capacity building, as well as addressing teacher shortages.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Two Nevada schools were recognized as national Blue Ribbon Schools: Gibbons Elementary School and Drake Elementary School.
  • Community in Schools opened a center at Von Tobel Middle School.
  • The Department is partnering with WestEd to launch the Nevada Learning Network Conference.
  • Final 2022 Commission on School Funding will publish its report in November.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Explore the consent agenda items.

Board Received an Update from Workforce Connections

Workforce Connections assists adults, dislocated workers, and youth with basic career services and training, supportive services, and placement services. For employers, the agency provides workforce development assistance, busines plans, and financial tools.

It has several industry-sector partnerships that help K-12 youth get exposed to career pipelines, educating families on career opportunities, externships, mentorships, and sponsorships. It also hosts the CCSD Workforce Fellows, which provides immersion into information about Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) eligibility and services, site visits and meetings for youth providers, and partnerships with local chambers, community colleges, and employment resources. It also works with the Department of Juvenile Justice Services Promise Fellows, which operate in eight locations.

Workforce Connections also recently introduced the first EmployNV Youth Hub and Teen Zone at the West Charleston Library, with the goal of exposing youth to well-paying careers while providing them with 1-on-1 assistance with goal planning.

Explore the Workforce Connections presentation.

Board Discussed the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP

The Board voted to reject the original CCR RFP recommendation and reopen the bidding process in its last meeting. During the presentation at this meeting, a revised process was outlined, including providing feedback and recommendations on a draft survey for public comment, a new public comment period, the NDE providing an update to the State Board regarding survey responses, and the State Board of Education providing feedback and recommendations on the draft RFP, rubric, and list of entities for review committee.

The Board provided feedback on several items on the CCR assessment stakeholder survey, including mentioning a “nationally recognized college entrance assessment,” ensuring the survey is approachable to different users, accessibility across devices, adding in questions regarding career readiness, and ensuring student perspectives are represented.

The Board will report feedback to staff by October 11, and a group of board members will work with staff to finalize the survey.

Explore the presentation and the survey draft.

Board Discussed Its Position Statement for the Upcoming Legislative Session

At its last meeting, the Board proposed putting forth a position statement from the Board of Education to the Legislature to stress the importance and need for additional funding to the Nevada education system, and to address the need for that additional funding as a cohesive document. It reviewed a draft of that statement, including needs for education recruitment, training, and retention; pre-kindergarten programs; educator support; and physical and technological infrastructure.

Trustees discussed the approach and content of the statement, including more specificity for outcomes and accountability, as well as strategies to continue outreach to constituents and stakeholders and unifying messaging. A second group of stakeholders will rework and refine the position statement.

Explore the draft position statement.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items will include the SPCSA board appointment, Commission on School Funding report (December), a joint meeting with the NSHE Board of Regents in early 2023, test scores and Nevada data, and an exploration of the term “at-risk” and how the term is applied to weights, especially after the public hearing revising the definition earlier in the meeting.

The 2023 State Board of Education meeting schedule has been posted.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subject:

  • State agency and school district memberships in 501c6 advocacy organizations

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 09/01/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, September 1, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • College and Career Readiness RFP assessment process
  • Educator and other staff vacancies

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Applications and nominations are open for the 2023 Recognizing Inspirational School Employees Award. Nominations close September 19, 2022, and awardees will be recognized in October.
  • The President welcomed new board member Joseph Arrascada, who will be the Nevada System of Higher Education representative on the Board.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Deputy Superintendent Jessica Todtman is transitioning out of her current role. Dr. Seng-Dao Yang-Keo has transitioned to the Washoe County School District. Craig Statucki is the new Interim Deputy Superintendent for Educator Effectiveness, and Dr. Jose Silva will serve as the new Chief Strategy Officer.
  • There will be a meeting to discuss possible updates to the Pupil-Centered Funding Plan Update on September 2, at 9:00 a.m. The group is currently finalizing recommendations and will publish those findings by November 15. Auxiliary services, inflation, Nevada cost of education index, funding for virtual schools, and dual enrollment are part of the discussion.
  • The Interim Legislative Committee on Education met this week and discussed several items, including teacher recruitment and retention, Career and Technical Education dual credit pilots for underserved students, capacity building for social-emotional supports and mental health, expansion of school psychologist training programs, addressing chronic absenteeism, pre-K ages, wraparound services for apprenticeship programs, and competency-based education, among others.
  • Information regarding the End of Course Assessment Regulation Workshop will be brought to the October 6 Board meeting.
  • Two recipients were awarded the Early Childhood Educator of the Year honors, based on a nomination, application, and interview process: Carl Estevan from UNLV/CSUN Preschool, and Bonnie Toth from Kids Co-op Preschool.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

The FY22 Quarter 3 Class Size Reduction Report was pulled from the consent agenda and will be heard at the October board meeting.

Board Discussed an Update on the Work of the Commission on Professional Standards in Education

The Board received a summary of the Commission on Professional Standards in Education’s (COPS) 2021 Report, and an overview of ongoing efforts to ensure equitable and high-quality pathways to licensure. The Department is researching best practices for alternate licensure pathways, and is soliciting stakeholders to take part in a work group on implementation of these pathways.

The Commission also made regulations that supported accelerated pathways for educator and school psychology candidates to complete student teaching and internship requirements for licensure, as well as regulations that determine continuing education requirement for school counselors and school psychologists, with public hearings expected for both this fall. Several other regulations on items, including renewal requirements, English Language Acquisition coursework, exam requirements for occupational and physical therapists, and field experiences for paraprofessionals and interns, are pending public hearing. The Commission is also exploring reciprocity to streamline licensure for out-of-state and active duty licensees.

COPS held a special meeting in July to request the Governor take emergency action to address educator workforce shortages for the 2022-2023 school year. Governor Sisolak recently signed emergency action to give the Superintendent authority to extend certain provisional licenses (impacting about 600 educators), and reduced licensure fees for substitute and emergency substitute teachers.

Explore the presentation and the 2021 annual report.

Board Discussed an Update on the Work of the Holocaust and Other Genocides Subcommittee

The subcommittee explored what is occurring in Holocaust and other genocide instruction, how such instruction could be enhanced, and recommendations to the Board for resources, professional learning, and possible legislative recommendations.

Currently occurring are regional conferences and learning opportunities both in-person and in virtual settings, including a Holocaust education panel at UNLV, and LEA-specific professional learning. Potential enhancements include developing a needs assessment survey on demographics, resources currently being used and what would be valuable to supporting instructions; building supports for educators, families, and students; curating resources and developing crosswalks of ELA, fine arts, and social studies to address the Holocaust and other genocides; and developing on-demand professional learning modules. Legislative recommendations will be discussed during the subcommittee’s September 8 meeting.

Explore the presentation.

Board Rejected a Recommendation of the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP Process

The Board reviewed the presentation on the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP process and the resulting recommendation, previously given at the July 2022 Board meeting. The RFP sought a qualified vendor to administer a CCR assessment to all students enrolled in Grade 11, including development, delivery, administration, scoring, and reporting services. The initial term is four years, from FY 2023-2026, with an option to extend into FY 2027-2028.

Four vendors responded (Data Recognition Corporation, Pearson Education, ACT, and The College Board), and an evaluation committee with representatives from Douglas, Clark, and Washoe County School Districts, Carson City School District, the Nevada Department of Education, and the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation reviewed all responses using criteria in demonstrated competence, conformance with the terms of the RFP, cost, experience in comparable engagements, and expertise.

The Committee’s recommendation was to award Data Recognition Corporation and its Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC) to move forward with the vendor selection process.  Since the meeting, concerns have been voiced about equity, as the ACT is currently offered at no cost to all students, as well as the post-secondary accessibility opportunities of the ACT.

The Board voted to reject this RFP recommendation and reopen the bidding process.

Explore the recommendation presentation and RFP from July’s board meeting, as well as the final score summary and evaluator comments.

Board Discussed the 82nd Legislative Session

The Board proposed putting forth a position statement from the Board of Education to the Legislature to stress the importance and need for additional funding to the Nevada education system.

Discussion about the adequacy of funding plans, funding gaps needed to ensure adequate and optimal funding, and involving stakeholder groups, such as school districts, municipalities, and business organizations, followed. Staff will draft a statement with input from the Board; that statement will be brought to the Board for approval at its October 6 meeting.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R066-22 – Creating Regulatory Language for the Requirements of Minutes in a School Day in Session for Kindergarten (NAC 387.131)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved Regulation #R066-22, increasing the requirement of kindergarten in-session minutes from 120 to 240 minutes per day.

Explore the regulation language and public hearing materials here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R068-22 – Prescribing Requirements With Which a Recipient of a Grant to Fund a Prekindergarten Program Must Comply (NRS 387.652)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved Regulation #R068-22, which added a new section to detail requirements of a recipient of a grant for a prekindergarten program, including collaborating with providers of community-based services to meet the needs of families of pupils; health care screenings; referrals for services and resources; maintaining records; creating and implementing a system to assess progress; and administering an annual survey to evaluate each family’s experience with the program.

Explore the regulation language and public hearing materials here.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items will include an update on workforce development and follow-up from the College and Career Readiness Assessment RFP agenda item. The student board representative will obtain feedback from peers on future topics students may want to have discussed at upcoming meetings. A potential joint meeting of the Nevada System of Higher Education and the Nevada State Board of Education may be scheduled on October 14, 2022.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subject:

  • Use of the ACT as the standardized high school CCR assessment

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 07/07/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, July 7, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • AB 469 implementation
  • College and career assessments
  • Carryover funds
  • Teacher licensure requirements

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The Board welcomed two new Board Members: Malia Poblete, the new student representative on the Board, and Dr. Summer Stephens, Superintendent of Churchill County School District.
  • President Ortiz attended at the National Association of Latino Elected Officials.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) team presented at the Nevada Association on School Administrators spring conference.
  • The NDE team presented on multiple topics to the Interim Committee on Education, including competency-based learning, evidence-based evaluation methods, and early education costs (determined through a modeling exercise to be $8,410 per student), class size, workforce analysis, and teacher retention and recruitment. The Interim Committee has 16 recommendations in advance of the 2023 legislative session.
  • The NDE has invested $12 million in college and career readiness through ARP and ESSER funds.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Presentation to Milken Educator Award Recipient

The 2022 Milken Educator Award (MEA) winner Ali Jun was presented with the MEA Obelisk.

Explore the presentation and more information on the Milken Educator Award here.

Board Received a Presentation on Clark County School District’s Progress Related to the Allocation of 85 Percent of Unrestricted Funds to Local School Precincts

CCSD has a requirement to allocate 85% of unrestricted funds to local school precincts, pursuant to AB 469 and NRS. District staff provided an overview on how restricted funds are identified and district responsibilities under NRS 388G.610, as well as costs for each of these responsibilities.

In summary, total resources from the General Fund is $3.1 billion, with $1.1 billion in the restricted funds category, and $2.0 billion in unrestricted funds. Of those unrestricted funds, 93% are allocated to schools and 7% are allocated to central services.

Explore the presentation here.

Board Received a Presentation Regarding K-12 Student Achievement Rankings

The Board received a presentation from the Guinn Center of the results of the first two phases of a three-phase study related to the methodologies behind national education rankings by Education Week, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and the Fordham Institute. The presentation addressed Nevada’s and the Las Vegas Metro area’s standings on these rankings and provide a preview of the final and third phase of the work to be completed.

In its most recent rankings, Education Week’s “Quality Counts” ranking places Nevada 18th in K-12 achievement, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s “Kids Count” ranking places Nevada 45th in K-12 achievement.

Key findings by the Guinn Center include that data sets are dated, and any new programs intended to improve Nevada rankings will not be reflective in these reports; rankings are relative, in that improving outcomes does not necessarily guarantee an improvement in rankings; each ranking is unique and should not be compared to one another; and data points used (or excluded) impact the results of each respective report.

Explore the presentation here and the Nevada Education Rankings report here.

Board Received a Presentation on a Recommendation of the College and Career Ready Assessment Request for Proposals (RFP) Process

The Board received a presentation on the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP process and the resulting recommendation. The RFP sought a qualified vendor to administer CCR assessment to all students enrolled in Grade 11, including development, delivery, administration, scoring, and reporting services. The initial term is four years, from FY 2023-2026, with an option to extend into FY 2027-2028.

Four vendors responded (Data Recognition Corporation, Pearson Education, ACT, and The College Board), and an evaluation committee with representatives from Douglas, Clark, and Washoe County School Districts, Carson City School District, the Nevada Department of Education, and the Nevada Department of Employment, Training, and Rehabilitation reviewed all responses using criteria in demonstrated competence, conformance with the terms of the RFP, cost, experience in comparable engagements, and expertise.

The Committee’s recommendation was to award Data Recognition Corporation and its Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC) to move forward with the vendor selection process. After discussion, a split vote resulted in the Board having to hold this item for a future meeting.

Explore the recommendation here and the RFP here. Score summaries can be found here and evaluator comments can be found here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R069-22 – Expanding the Ability of School Districts to Hire Paraprofessionals to Work in Hard-to-Staff Title I Schools (NAC 388G.100)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved a Notice of Intent expanding the ability of school districts to hire paraprofessionals to work in hard-to-staff Title I schools.

Explore the Notice of Intent materials here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R063-22 – Creating Regulatory Language to Define a Principal’s Ability to Hire Teachers and Substitute Teachers in Place of a Licensed Teacher, and Revise the Dispute Resolution Process (NAC 388G.100)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved a Notice of Intent that requires a large school district to provide annual training on certain topics; requires a school district and local school precinct to develop and follow certain procedures in the selection of teachers; and revises provisions relating to dispute resolution process. A modification to the proposed language was made to place “to the greatest extent possible” language back into the regulation.

Explore the Notice of Intent materials here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R064-22 – Creating Regulatory Language to Define “Other Staff Who Work Under the Direct Supervision of the Principal” (NAC 388G.610)

The Board held a public hearing on and approved a Notice of Intent that interprets the term “other staff who work under the direct supervision of the principal” to mean any employee who is assigned to the local school precinct; evaluated by the principal or a designee of the principal; and not a member of central services.

Explore the Notice of Intent materials here.

Board Held a Public Hearing on and Approved Regulation #R065-22 – Creating Regulatory Language Related to Non-Compliance of NRS 388G.500 Through 388G.910 and Any Regulations Thereof

The Board held a public hearing on and approved a Notice of Intent that establishes certain powers of the Superintendent of Public Instruction to carry out the reorganization of a large school district; sets forth the qualifications, powers, and duties of a compliance monitor to oversee the reorganization of a large school district; authorizes the Superintendent of Public Instruction to place certain large school districts in a receivership due to noncompliance with certain requirements relating to reorganization; and sets forth the powers and duties of the receiver of a large school district.

After discussion, the Board approved the regulation, removing the last sentence from Paragraph 5 and all text thereafter, to remove possible receivership from the regulatory language. The struck language can be added or reviewed at a later date.

Explore the Notice of Intent materials here.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items will include a discussion regarding the 2023 legislative session, as well as an update on Workforce Connections and Praxis/licensing issues.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subject:

  • Fiscal management pursuant to AB 469

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 1, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch 06/02/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, June 2, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • Teacher recruitment and housing
  • Education quality in Nevada
  • AB 469 and district reorganization
  • SPCSA board appointments
  • Standardized testing, assessments, and student outcomes
  • College and career readiness

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • There are two U.S. Presidential Scholars representing Nevada in 2022: Jang Gun Choe, from Clark High School in Las Vegas, and Julianna Schneider, from Davidson Academy in Reno.
  • There will be a presentation from the Commission on School Funding at the July Board meeting.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • UNR President Sandoval hosted K-12 superintendents in May for a meeting to discuss Pre-K – higher education and the educator pipeline. Also in attendance were UNLV and Nevada State College.
  • The Teacher Recruitment and Retention Advisory Task Force is a public body appointed by the Legislative Committee on Education, consisting of 20 Nevada teachers tasked with identifying challenges with and making recommendations to the Legislative Committee on Education regarding teacher recruitment and retention. There will be a presentation and report given next week to the Legislative Committee on Education.
  • The Nevada Department of Education provides data and information to the Joint Interim Legislative Committee on Education, including six recent presentations (and five scheduled for the upcoming meeting) on a variety of topics, including regarding health and wellness, retention, restorative practice, school safety, performance plans, and boards, councils, and commissions.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Appointed Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton to Serve as a State Board Appointee to the State Public Charter School Authority Board

The Board reviewed eight applications to serve as one of two State Board appointees for a three-year term on the State Public Charter School Authority Board (July 1, 2022- June 30, 2025). After applicant interviews and board discussion, Dr. Tonia Holmes-Sutton was selected to serve a second term on the SPCSA board.

Review the applicants’ information here.

Board Delayed a Presentation and Vote on the College and Career Ready High School Assessment RFP Process

The Board delayed the presentation and vote on the agenda item regarding the College and Career Ready (CCR) High School Assessment RFP Process and the resulting recommendation of the RFP Selection Committee. The item will now be heard at the July Board of Education meeting.

Explore the presentation and the Request for Proposal.

Future Agenda Items

Suggestions for future agenda items regarding legislative priorities and the Commission on School Funding, the progress on carryover dollars as related to AB 469, and workforce development updates were discussed.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subject:

  • AB 469 Subcommittee behavior

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2022.


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 4/21/22

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, April 21, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • Teacher and support staff recruitment, retention, and pay
  • The impact of AB 469 on teachers, support staff, and current employment agreements
  • AB 469 definitions

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • The Washoe County School Board is in the final process of selecting its next Superintendent of Public Schools, and the new superintendent will be announced next week.
  • Student safety concerns and the importance of providing resources for students who are experiencing stress, trauma, and mental health issues were also highlighted.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • Safety, Mental, and Behavioral Needs of Nevada Students and Educators Roundtables were held. Discussions included protections for employees and students, misconceptions regarding restorative justice, and student discipline measures related to safety issues.
  • Twenty-five teams competed in the FIRST Robotics Competition at the Thomas & Mack Center, in a statewide competition. Some students are participating in the national competition in Texas.
  • SPCSA appointment applications are due in by May 13 and can be found here.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Heard an Update on Ratios of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel

The Board heard an update on ratios of Specialized Instructional Support Personnel (SISP) and the implementation of requirements in Senate Bill (SB) 89 (2019), SB 151 (2021), and SB 352 (2021). The presentation explained the update to the ratios (SB 89 and 151) and some of the strategies and policies to help increase the number of support personnel in schools.

Clark County and Washoe County are required to create reports on these ratios, and baseline ratios were reported from the 2019 and 2020 school years. There is still work to be done to reach these ratios within these school districts across the board, with a decline in social workers and an uptick in school noted by staff.

Efforts to improve SISP ratios include differing revenue streams to support hiring and developing these positions. Staff are also looking at more diversified revenue streams to fund these positions.

Explore the presentation, which includes baseline numbers, ratios, and reporting.

Board Approved Teach Nevada Scholarship Awards

The Board received a presentation on current available funds for Teach Nevada scholarship awards and requests. Available funds for 2023 allocations are $2.4 million. They are proposing two award phases in the fiscal year to allow for better planning and scholarship distribution. 2022 carryover funds, as well as rebalanced funds, will be requested in the fall. Two options were presented for awards during this meeting, and board approved the second option.

Explore the presentation.

Board Heard an Update on Educator Recruitment Needs and Efforts

The Board received presentations from Data Insight Partners and EdLiFE on educator retention and attrition, national education workforce trends, and statewide efforts on educator recruitment and retention.

Data Insight Partners presented on educator retention and attrition and workforce trends. It is estimated that 3,000 more teachers are needed in Nevada, based on recommended class sizes. Comparing Nevada’s student-teacher ratios with national averages, this is a conservative estimate, as approximately 9 in 10 students are in a larger-than-recommended class size.

In the last two years, staff separations have accelerated later in the school year (April – July). Teachers this year are leaving at a faster pace earlier in the school year, with 1,156 teacher/licensed staff separations between August and March of this school year (comparatively, in 2020-21, there were 824 separations, and in 2019-20, there were 781 separations). Teacher recruitment nationwide is expected to be competitive.

The work ahead identified is understanding trends, pipeline, and obstacles moving forward; building the data infrastructure; monitoring access to experienced teachers; and improving the ability to predict future demand.

EdLiFE staff presented on efforts underway to expand and increase the diversity of Nevada’s education workforce, recruitment, and retention efforts.

Explore the Data Insight Partners presentation and the EdLiFE presentation.

Board Received an Update on Implementation of AB 469, and Approved Items for Regulation Workshops

The Board received a presentation on national non-compliance policies and practices related to state takeovers, possible non-compliance regulatory language, and revisions of other language as mandated by AB 469, as brought forth from the AB 469 Subcommittee.

Four possible NAC 388G draft regulation changes were discussed:

  1. Possible regulatory language changes regarding the non-compliance policy for large school districts, including the appointment of a compliance monitor. Additional language changes include the monitor having the requisite skills that align to the deficiencies of the district, conditions of the receivership, and the resources and compensation of the monitor.
  2. Possible regulatory language changes on dispute resolution processes
  3. Proposed changes to language that specifically outline the school district’s responsibility to mandatory training on provisions of NRS 388G.500-388G.810.
  4. Additional clarity on defining staff that is evaluated by the principal or principal’s staff as included in Subsection 2 of NRS 388G.610.

After discussion, the proposed language on non-compliance policy/consequences (with changes), dispute resolution revision, training language, and the definition of “other staff under the direct supervision of the principal” were approved to move forward.

The next steps will be to have these proposed regulations go to regulation workshops, and then be presented back to the Board for a formal hearing. Upon approval, these changes would be sent to the Legislative Commission for final review and adoption.

Explore the proposed language and presentation.

Future Agenda Items

Suggestions for future agenda items regarding mental health and student safety were discussed.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subjects:

  • Support staff development and certificate programs
  • Student and staff safety
  • Bus driver professional pathways


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Nevada Ed-Watch: 03/17/2022

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Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Public comment was heard on the following subjects: 

  • Dispute resolution language in NRS 388G
  • Implementation of AB 469
  • Regulatory language and other provisions in AB 469

President’s Report

Highlights included:

  • There is an opening on the State Public Charter School Authority Board. This is a three-year appointment that begins July 1, 2022 and concludes June 30, 2025. The application can be found here. Applications close on May 13, 2022.
  • Nevada Reading Week was held February 28 – March 4, 2022, with the goal to inspire a love of reading statewide. Twelve diverse authors also took part in a reading event, reaching about 24,000 students statewide.
  • The Board participated in Silver State Governance Training to ensure that the Board’s goals are aligned with the vision for the state. Additional discussion on this topic will be provided later in the meeting.

Superintendent’s Report

Highlights included:

  • U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona visited Clark County, discussing school and student needs, resource allocation on a federal level, and other topics.

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Consent agenda items included:

Board Heard an Update Regarding Revisions to Proposed Definitions and Regulatory Language from the AB 469 Subcommittee

The Board reviewed possible revisions to NAC 388G, from discussions heard during the February 23, 2022 AB 469 subcommittee meeting. Proposed changes include defining terms within the proposed regulations in Section 1, and reviewing placement and hiring aspects for local precincts in Sections 2 and 3.

Board members discussed substitute teacher hiring and reporting requirements. The Board approved the proposed language as drafted and will be moving forward with the workshop and hearing process.

Explore the updates here.  

Board Heard an Update on State Board of Education Interim Goals in Accordance with Silver State Governance Training

The Board received a presentation on interim goals to align with the State Board of Education’s two long-term goals, which include measures for annual progress that follow the framework of Silver State Governance.

The first State Board of Education goal is to move up in State rankings from 18th in September 2020 to Top 10 by July 2026, as measured by academic portions of Quality Counts K-12 Student Achievement Index. The interim goals for success include closing pre-K-8 opportunity gaps, reducing graduation rate opportunity gaps, increasing participation in college-level and career and technical education (CTE) coursework, and enhancing support for English Learners (ELs).

The second goal is to increase the overall number of students receiving the College and Career Ready (CCR) diploma from 23.9% in July 2021 to 50% by July 2026 and eliminate gaps of student groups while raising the overall average. Interim goals to achieve this will be increasing access to STEM learning, increasing participation in college-level and CTE coursework, expanding access to CTE for all students (including free and asynchronous learning opportunities), and increasing college enrollment.  

Explore the working copy of the goals and benchmarks here.

Explore the possible guardrails here.

Future Agenda Items

Future agenda items may include moving the Board meeting time and increasing accessibility to Board meetings, receiving an informational briefing and discussion on CCR diplomas, and receiving an informational briefing on the Community College Workforce Development Board.

Public Comment #2

Public comment was heard on the following subjects:

  • Access to the ACT in languages other than English
  • Reorganization of large school districts
  • State rankings for academic achievement reporting
  • Community engagement
  • AB 469 transparency and proposed regulations
  • Violent incidents involving students and employees


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Nevada Ed-Watch 1/20/2022

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2022 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, January 20, 2022

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Written public comment was read into the record by staff regarding: 

  • The need to ensure AB469 is being upheld.
  • The willingness of the CCSD Board of Trustees Officers to work directly with the State Board of Education to ensure compliance with AB469. 

Superintendent’s Report

  • Pupil-Centered Funding Plan Update:
    • The Commission on School Funding has affirmed their support of the definition for “at-risk” weighted funding category and is currently reviewing the cost of education index. 
  • Overview of Teacher Recruitment & Retention programs funded by federal relief funding:
    • Nevada received approximately $1.5 billion in federal relief funding for K-12 education. 10% of the funds are reserved for the The Nevada Department of Education to run statewide programs. Four priority areas were identified for the use of those funds: Advancing Equity, Teacher Recruitment and Retention, Social-Emotional Learning & Mental Health, and Efficiencies for Long-Term Success. Board members received an update on Teacher Recruitment and Retention program including: 
      • Incentivizing Pathways to Teaching – $20.7 million
      • DonorsChoose Grant Program $8 million
      • Nevada Educator Preparation Institute and Collaborative (NV-EPIC) $6.1 million
      • Nevada Educator Preparation Institute and Collaborative (NV-EPIC) $2.9 million
      • Teaching and Training CTE Rural and Urban Expansion and Support $2.3 million
      • Statewide Leadership Networks $3.2 million

Click here to view the Teacher Recruitment and Retention Focus Area Overview. 

Board Approved Consent Agenda 

Board Heard Update on Nevada 2020-21 Graduation Rates

In 2021, 30,479 students graduated, bringing the state’s 4-year adjusted cohort graduation rate to 81%, down from 82.5% in 2020 and 84.1% in 2019. The largest graduation rate gap among race/ethnic groups statewide was between Asain students at 92.3% and Black students at 70.3%. Among students part of special populations, students who are in foster care had the lowest 2021 graduation rate at 43.3%. 

The majority of students continue to graduate with a Standard Diploma (57.6%) with 18.2% earning an Advanced Diploma and 23.3% earning a College and Career Readiness Diploma. Board members discussed the importance of prioritizing college and career readiness diplomas as the default for students, rather than the Standard diploma, in order to continue progressing towards the Department of Education’s goal of increasing the number of students who are considered college and career ready upon graduation.

Click here to view the full presentation. 

Board Heard Presentation on Nevada Commission on Mentoring 

Board members received an update on mentoring initiatives from Karl Catarata, Chairman of the Nevada Commission on Mentoring.  The purpose of the commission is to support, facilitate and coordinate mentoring programs in Nevada. The commission has established three priorities: ​​1) Establishing a National Mentoring Affiliate 2) Providing capacity-building grants to local mentoring organizations in Nevada through return of funding, and 3) Statewide Annual Conference on Mentoring.

Click here to view the presentation. 

Board Heard Update from AB469 Subcommittee

Board members heard a presentation from the AB469 Subcommittee regarding the Subcommittee’s progress on the implementation of Assembly Bill (AB) 469 from the 2017 Legislative Session. The purpose of the subcommittee is to create guardrails and definitions that clarify the intention of the law for principals who intend to fill staff positions with substitutes.  Board members heard an update on the development of definitions for the terms “the greatest extent possible” and “in good standing” as related to principles to staffing. Board members discussed the need to further define “to the greatest extent possible” to include more explicit guidelines.  

  • in good standing 
    • The employee has the appropriate license for the open position 
    • Their previous evaluation is positive
    • Not actively engaged in disciplinary proceedings 
    • Good attendance 
  • to the greatest extent possible 
    • The principal has the ability to see all eligible candidates
    • The principal has made every effort to hire a candidate 
    • The district must develop procedures for principles to ensure compliance with “to the greatest extent possible” 
    • The district cannot place an employee without the consent of the principal 

The subcommittee also provided examples of potential consequences for noncompliance with the law including district financial oversight, monitoring of the superintendent and/or monitoring of the board of trustees, receivership of the district, and suspension or removal of the superintendent or board of trustees.  Based on feedback from the board, the subcommittee will re-review their recommendations and bring them back to the board for final approval. Upon formal acceptance of the recommendations by the board, they will be submitted to the Nevada Legislature.

Click here to view the presentation. 

Board Heard Update on Progress of the State Plan for the Improvement of Pupils (STIP)

Each year, the department updates the State Plan for the Improvement of Pupils (STIP) aligned to needed improvements in student outcomes. NDE staff provided the board with an update on two goals: 

  • Move up in State rankings from 18th in September 2020 to Top 10 by July 2026 in K-12 Student Achievement, as measured by Quality Counts.
    • Update: Nevada maintained its standing at 18th as of September 2021. 
  • Increase the overall number of students receiving the College and Career Ready (CCR) diploma from 23.9% in July 2021 to 50% by July 2026 and eliminate gaps of student groups while raising the overall average.
    • Update: In comparing students receiving CCR diplomas, Nevada saw an 0.6% decrease between the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021.

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Nevada Ed-Watch 11/4/2021

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2021 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, November 4, 2021

Nevada State Board of Education Meeting

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda.

Click here to watch the meeting playback.

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment #1

Members of the public provided comment on agenda items regarding:

  • Concerns that school districts are not able to meet the needs of students, including shortages of bus drivers, substitutes, and staff.
  • Factors pushing teachers out of teaching not being addressed.
  • The aggregated nature of NEPF score reports and the need for more individualized assessment.
  • Whether the NEPF is an effective assessment tool and effectively helps to support teachers in ensuring student academic success.
  • Appreciation for the joint SBOE and CCSD meeting held on 9-30-2021.
  • Concerns about low proficiency scores amongst high school students yet high graduation rates and whether students are effectively being prepared for college and career.
  • Recognition of the leadership and service of Nevada’s 2021 and 2022 Teachers of the Year, Juliana Urtubey and Deanne Hicks, respectively.

President’s Report

  • Assembly Bill 469 Update
    • On September 30, 2021, the SBOE held a joint meeting with the CCSD Board of Trustees with the goal of ensuring that trustees understood AB 469 and what the law entails.
    • The next meeting of the AB 469 Subcommittee of the Board is scheduled for December 14, 2021, at 3:00 pm.
  • State ARP ESSER Plan
    • In September, Superintendent Ebert announced that the Department of Ed has approved the Nevada state plan for us of the ESSER relief funds. The plan was informed by an extensive stakeholder engagement process, including listening sessions and a 30-day comment period, with the goal of increasing transparency and community engagement.
    • Nevada received total relief funding of over 1 billion dollars. As funds are implemented, materials will be developed for the public highlighting how the Nevada Department of Education (NV DOE) is spending its 10% allocation of those funds.
    • The state will be translating more of its materials and documentation so that it is consumable for families. Moving forward, more materials will be available in three languages: English, Spanish, and Tagalog.
    • Money will be invested in systems to help SBOE with better reporting and analysis of data to deliver actionable data to school districts, schools, and community stakeholders.

Superintendent’s Report

  • ARP ESSER Funding
    • 10% of ARP ESSER funding is allocated at the state level and 90% at the local level. Part of that 10% is allocated to the DonorsChoose program through which almost 8,000 projects have been submitted by educators. The program allows educators closest to the work to make the determination on how to spend those funds. Educators from 650 schools have participated.
    • $20 million is set aside to assist future educators through the educator pipeline. Over 700 future educators are taking advantage of the opportunity. The dollars will also be allocated toward building a dashboard to show where the dollars are being spent.
    • The remaining funds will be allocated to four buckers of work programs which include Teaching Recruitment & Retention, Advancing Equity, Social-Emotional Learning & Mental Health, and Efficiencies for Long-Term Success.

Board Heard Information and Discussion Regarding Statewide School Climate Results

NRS 385A.650 requires school principals to submit a plan to improve the achievement of pupils, including “methods for evaluating and improving the school climate”. The Nevada School Climate/Social Emotional Learning Survey (NV-SCSEL) helps to identify the needs of schools along the school climate in order to place social workers and funds in schools with the highest needs.

The NV-SCSEL Student Survey is offered in English and Spanish and includes 49 questions and a handful of demographic questions, all optional, geared toward students in grades 5–12. The Student Survey measures students’ perceptions of their school across four school climate constructs:

  • Engagement
    • Cultural and Linguistic Competence of instructional materials and educational personnel
    • Relationships between pupils and the parents or legal guardians of pupils and educational personnel
  • Safety  of pupils and educational personnel
    • Emotional Safety
    • Physical Safety

The Student Survey also measures students’ perceptions of themselves on a Social-Emotional Competency construct:

  • Social, Emotional, and Academic development of pupils and educational personnel

Due to COVID-19 impacts, participation rates dropped significantly, raising the potential impact of selection bias on survey results. The results of school climate surveys are expected to return to results more in line with previous school years for the 2021-22 school year.

Members of the board shared questions regarding whether the large increase in physical safety results is due to more students staying at home during distance learning, how to help students with emotional safety and encourage the use of related available resources for schools, how the data is used for continual improvement, and the potential to better disaggregate student race and ethnicity in survey results related to root cause data.

Click here to view the presentation including statewide results for all constructs.

Board Approved Cut Scores for Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF)

The Board heard a presentation regarding the 2020-21 NEPF summative data as well as cut score range recommendations from the Teachers and Leaders Council to be voted on by the board. The Nevada Educator Performance Framework (NEPF) is designed as a professional growth tool to help educators improve their practice so that all students have access to effective educators. The evaluation cycle is designed to provide educators with ongoing constructive feedback to improve their practice and to help schools and districts provide meaningful professional growth and ultimately increase student achievement.

NEFP Teacher Ratings Trend Data:


Image Source: Nevada Dept. of Education

Members of the board along with presenters discussed challenges with the NEPF, including that it was not designed to be summative and that it would be challenging to change the NEPF from a focus on teacher action to an orientation toward impact on student achievement. Trustees and presenters also discussed the need for a focus on shifting culture and facilitating multiple and shorter educator observations to include evidence-driven reflective conversations that lead to continuous improvement. Further discussion included whether changing cut stores would cause more confusion and the need for clarity and training about what is actually being scored in the NEPF for educators.

The board approved a motion to accept cut score ranges for the current school year and school years moving forward.

Click here to view the presentation including additional NEPF results.

Board Approved RFP Process for Review and Selection of a Statewide College & Career Readiness (CCR) Assessment

The College and Career Readiness (CCR) Indicator uses ACT results data. The ACT is given to students in Grade 11. Previously, the ACT assessed for English and Math but was not rigorous enough for Science. Trustees and presenters discussed the advantages of a single assessment to test in English, Math, and Science including reductions in the number of tests required, the amount of time to take assessments, cost, and time away from the classroom. The Board would like vendors to address and/or include at minimum the following items in their RFPs:

  • Free preparatory supports, including multilingual supports.
  • Fee waivers for students that need to retake the test.
  • Alignment with Higher Ed entrance criteria.
  • Alignment with potential workforce or certification programs.
  • Alignment with Nevada standards.
  • Pre-built marketing materials/PR that ensure students understand the value of the test to their futures as opposed to the narrative that it’s a requirement for graduation.
  • A deeper understanding of the career pathway and ensuring it does not get lumped into college readiness.
  • Extensive bias testing.
  • A component for Science.
  • Predictive data about how the exam leads to post-secondary success.

Members of the board approved to move the CCR Assessment RFP process forward.

Click here to view the presentation.

Information and Discussion Regarding the 2021 and 2022 Nevada Teachers of the Year

Board members did not discuss this agenda item. Click here to view the presentation materials.

Future Agenda Items

NRS 385.040 requires that the State Board hold at least 9 but no more than 12 meetings per year and at least one of the meetings of the State Board must include a discussion with the superintendents of the school districts, presidents of the boards of trustees of the school districts, representatives of the governing bodies of charter schools, and other school and education decision-making bodies to discuss goals and benchmarks. This meeting is planned for December 2021.

Members of the board requested the following items for consideration in the December 2021 meeting agenda:

  • Re-engage in discussion around Governance goals.
  • A collaborative discussion about how SBOE is communicating their goals to school districts to ensure their goals are aligned with ours.
  • Identifying barriers to making progress as well as what is going well that can be double-downed on.
  • Getting a sense of what school districts are dealing with in the trenches and ways SBOE can help support them.

Public comment #2

Members of the public provided comment on non-agenda items regarding concerns about vaccine and mask mandates. Members of the board informed the public that vaccine mandates are not within the jurisdiction of the State Board of Education and that public comment is reserved for items within the SBOE’s jurisdiction.


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Nevada Ed-Watch 9/30/21

The Ed-Watch series is designed to increase access to information on decisions being made regarding public education in Clark County and Nevada.


Nevada State Board of Education

What is the State Board of Education & what are they responsible for? The Nevada State Board of Education adopts regulations based on Nevada laws, which are passed down to individual school districts in Nevada to implement. The Board has 11 total (7 appointed and 4 publicly elected) members.

How often does the State Board meet? The Nevada State Board of Education meets once per month on Thursdays at 9:00 AM or 2:00 PM. Click here to see the 2021 Board Meeting Schedule. Click here to visit Hope For Nevada’s #NVEd Calendar.

Can community members engage at State Board Meetings? A time for public comment is provided at the beginning (for agenda items) and at the conclusion (on any matter) of each Board meeting. Members of the public may provide public comment in writing via email; public comment will be accepted via email for the duration of the meeting and shared with the State Board of Education during the public comment periods. Public comment may be emailed to NVBoardED@doe.nv.gov.

Click here for a list of all State Board Members.


Thursday, September 30, 2021
Nevada State Board of Education Meeting & Joint Meeting with the Clark County School District Board of Trustees

Click here to see the regular SBOE meeting agenda
Click here to see the joint SBOE & CCSD meeting agenda

What happened at the regular meeting?

Public Comment

Members of the public provided comment regarding:

  • A request to reexamine the per-pupil funding formula for rural schools, specifically around extra funding, due to concerns that funds will be shortened and, as a result, programs will be cut, for rural schools
  • Concerns around how assessment result narratives are presented

President’s Report

President Ebert expressed appreciation for and congratulations to the following Nevada educators recognized as Teachers of the Year in various categories:

  • 2021 History Teacher of the Year
  • 2021 Early Educators of the Year
    • Kaitlin Farley Cortes, a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, and Avis Moore, an infant-toddler teacher, both Washoe County educators, received Nevada’s first-ever award for Early Educator of the Year.
  • 2022 Teacher of the Year
    • Deanne Moyle-Hicks, an educator at Natchez Elementary School in Washoe County School District, was named the 2022 State Teacher of the Year. The mission of the Nevada Teacher of the Year program is to celebrate excellence and strengthen the teaching force by honoring and recognizing exceptional teachers on a school, district, state, and national level. 

Superintendent’s Report

  • COVID-19 Update
    • On September 13, the U.S. Department of Education approved Nevada’s plan for ESEA 2 funds and has released the final one-third of the ARP ESSER dollars to the state.
    • Nevada has been working to maximize and expand existing funding and initiatives. The Nevada Department of Education (NDE) will be allocating $8 million in Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) funds to help K-12 public school educators. The funds will be distributed through DonorsChoose and used for classroom resources for teachers and students. This makes Nevada the first state to directly invest in educator projects on DonorsChoose.
  • Pupil-Centered Funding Plan Update
    • Guy Hobbs has been named the new Chair of the Commission on School Funding. Hobbs worked for many years directly in Clark County. The next meeting of the Commission on School Funding is October 8, 2021, at 9:00 am. NDE President Ebert requested that the community bring or submit public comment to the meeting.
  • The U.S. Department of Education has recognized three Nevada schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2021:
    • Frank Lamping ES and Charlotte Hill ES in Clark County for closing the gap.
    • Charlotte Hill Elementary School, Clark County School District, for the “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing” category
    • Frank Lamping Elementary School, Clark County School District for the “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing” category
    • Pinecrest Academy of Nevada Inspirada, State Public Charter School Authority, for the  “Exemplary High Performing Schools” category.

Board Heard Presentation on State Assessment Results for the 2020-21 School Year

The Board heard a presentation regarding data from the statewide summative assessments that were administered during the 2020-21 school year, including Smart Balance Assessment (SBAC) and ACT results including:

  • Grade 3-8 students in English Languish Arts & Mathematics
  • ACT, 11th grade
  • English Language Arts & Mathematics for all high school students

The  2018-19 school year was the last school year for a normal assessment cycle. In accordance with the U.S. Department of Education ESEA waiver, assessments were not administered for the 2019-2020 school year and certain accountability requirements were also waived for the 2021-2022 school year in response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Specifically for the 20202-2021 school year, federal accountability and the 95% assessment participation mandates were waived, but states were asked to administer federal assessments. NDE reported the largest drop in assessment participation by Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Black students. Assessment participation and percentages are impacted, in part, by a decrease in population size.

Note: The most recent year of complete and normal assessment testing cyicle is the 2018-2019 school year. In the updates below, “when compared to the most recent year of testing” refers to the 2018-2019 school year. The following SBAC proficiency rate trends compare results from the 2018-2019 reporting year and the 2020-2021 reporting year.

SBAC English Language Arts (ELA) Proficiency Rate Trends, Grades Grades 3-8

  • Average: ELA showed consistent average growth of 1.3 percentage points. The current rate represents just over 68% of students during the pandemic year.
  • Proficiency: Proficiency rates for the 2020-2021 school year are much lower compared to SY 2018-2019. The largest decreases are among Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and White students. 
  • Student groups: Student groups performed lower when compared to the most recent year of complete testing. Students with disabilities are relatively low, with only a 0.5% drop during the pandemic year.
  • Grade level comparison: There is a greater decrease among elementary grades with less impact on students in grades 6-8.

SBAC Mathematics Proficiency Rate Trends

  • Average: Assessment results reveal an 11.2%  percentage point decrease, with just over 68% of students tested during the pandemic year.
  • Proficiency: Proficiency is much lower when compared to the most recent year of testing. The largest decreases in proficiency are among Pac Islander, Asian, and White students.
  • Student Groups: Students with disabilities have a smaller impact between the two reporting years.
  • Grade level comparison: Results for elementary school students showed a greater decrease, with lower impact in middle school grades 7 & 8.

ACT Results

ACT is Nevada’s federally reported high school English Language Arts (ELA) and Math assessment. Participation in the ACT is a graduation requirement per Nevada Revised Statutes. The ACT was administered to all grade 11 students in the 2019-2020 school year prior to pandemic-related school building closures. NDE was thus able to compare results between the 2019-2020 school year and the 2020-2021 school year. 

High School English Language Arts (HS ELA)

  • Average: ACT data for 2020-2021 represents HS ELA proficiency only rather than proficiency and participation. HS ELA proficiency showed a 2.1% increase during the 2020-2021 pandemic school year. HS ELA proficiency dropped 2.1% in 2020-2021, compared to 2019-2020.
  • Race/Ethnicity: The proficiency rate for Asian students increased. The greatest decreases in HS ELA proficiency results among Pacific Islander, Hispanic, and Black students as well as students identifying as Two or More Races. Black students had to smallest decrease in HS ELA proficiency.
  • Student Groups:  English Learners showed the greatest decrease in HS ELA proficiency.

HS School Mathematics (HS Math)

  • Average: HS Math showed consistent average growth from 2017-2018 to 2019-2020. For the 2020-2021 school year, proficiency decreased by 3.4%.
  • Race/Ethnicity: The greatest decrease in math proficiency was among Asian students who dropped 5.2% points, followed by Two or More Races and White students. Pacific Islander, Black, and American Indian students show the smallest decrease in HS Math proficiency.
  • Student Groups: There is an overall decrease in HS Math proficiency. Students identified as economically disadvantaged showed the greatest decrease.

Presenters noted that participation assessment rates in Clark County, the largest school district in Nevada, were low due to remote learning since tests must be administered in person.

Board members expressed concern about how to interpret the results as many students were not in school buildings and therefore were not available to take tests in person. The board also expressed concerns regarding gaps in the data due to students that were not assessed; requests for more disaggregated data around proficiency, such as a comparison of students proficient before the pandemic year compared to the current school year; concerns about inequity related to the lower test participation rates for Black and other student groups; and concerns about low test scores in some of the assessment criteria. 

Click here to view the SBAC Assessment Results presentation.

Board Approved Teach Nevada Scholarship Awards

The Teach Nevada Scholarship (TNVS) was created in the State General Fund during the 78th Legislative Session (2015) via Senate Bill 511 and is codified in NRS 391A.550 – NRS 391A.590. The scholarship program was continued and slightly modified in the 80th Legislative Session (2019) through appropriations in Senate Bill 555 and Assembly Bill 219. The purpose of TNVS is to provide scholarships to new students pursuing initial teacher licensure programs through state-approved universities, colleges, or alternative routes to licensure (ARL) providers. Awards are granted by the State Board of Education to the extent that money is available within the Fund. 

The Board approved 250 Teach Nevada Scholarship Awards per the Cohort 2022 Table:

Click here to view the TEACH Nevada Scholarship presentation.

Future Agenda Items

Board members requested training for new board members to understand their roles as well as orientations for new board members to meet with key members of departments within the NDE to build relationships.


What happened at the Joint meeting?

Public Comment #1

Members of the public shared public comment on this agenda item regarding:

  • Concerns about staff outsourcing.
  • The need for thoughtful consideration around how unused funds are reallocated as carryover dollars and concerns around how those dollars will be used.
  • The need to clarify ambiguous terms in the reorganization plan, such as “to the greatest extent.”
  • Concerns that the school district is not upholding its requirement to select effective licensed staff policies as outlined in AB469.
  • Concerns about the morale of CCSD staff
  • Concerns about the lack of focus on the needs of students, impacts, and improving outcomes for students.
  • Lack of care or concern by teachers toward students, classes with a lot of subs, lack of communication by teachers to families unless there is a challenge in the classroom.
  • Support and appreciation for SOTs
  • Concerns about whether new principals are sufficiently well-trained to lead schools with high ELL student populations.

Board Discussed the Implementation of Assembly Bill 459 (2017) in First-ever State Board of Education & CCSD Joint Board Meeting

Assembly Bill 469 (2017) required the implementation of a plan to reorganize Clark County School District following the passage of Assembly Bill 394 (2015) which provides principals with increased autonomy over schools and budgets. 

The State Superintendent of Public Instruction was given specific authority over monitoring the implementation of the reorganization. 

At the State Board of Education meeting held on April 15, 2021, the Board discussed components of the implementation plan to be addressed by CCSD as well as problems to be solved by CCSD related to specific criteria. Initial concerns related to the implementation of the bill included how CCSD was facilitating the placement of licensed and qualified teachers in vacant classrooms; purchasing of equipment, services, and supplies; and school carry forward of year‐end balances, in alignment with AB 469. 

In a first-ever joint board meeting between the State Board of Education (SBOE) and Clark County School District (CCSD), SBOE board members and CCSD trustees met to discuss the history of the bill, implementation concerns, implementation items to be resolved, and how to ensure the bill’s successful implementation. 

SBOE is currently reviewing the following items:

  • Principals are reporting they are not being provided with authority as outlined in NAC 388G.110-140 related to Service Level Agreements or the option/ability to carry out transferred responsibilities.
  • Clarification of the definition of “to the greatest extent possible.”
  • Clarification of the definition of “in good standing.”

SBOE is currently monitoring the following items to be resolved by CCSD:

  • Pla​​cement of Licensed and Qualified Teachers and authority to select staff.
  • Negotiating collective bargaining agreements with Clark County Education Association and Education Support Employees Association that are consistent with the law.
  • Addressing the Service Level Agreement (SLA) process in order to provide principals and SOTs with true authority to carry out responsibilities as outlined in NAC 388G.110-140.
  • Authority for purchasing of equipment, services, and supplies.
  • Defining “to the greatest extent possible” and “in good standing.”

CCSD Update on the Current State of the Reorganization

CCSD staff shared an update on the Report on the Organization of the Clark County School District.

Under NRS 388G.810, on or before October 1 of each year, superintendents of large school districts are required to prepare a report with information from the school year before the immediately preceding school year which includes:

  • A summary of the responsibilities for which authority to carry out was transferred to the local school precincts pursuant to NRS 388G.610
  • A summary of the results of the surveys administered pursuant to NRS 388G.800
  • An assessment of the performance of the local school precincts based upon specific measures of achievement which are established by the superintendent on or before January 1 of the immediately preceding school year
  • An assessment of the effectiveness of operating local school precincts and the large school district in the manner set forth in NRS 388G.500 to 388G.810
  • Any recommendations for regulations or legislation to improve the operation of the local school precincts and the large school district in the manner set forth in NRS 388G.500 to 388G.810, inclusive.

During the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the implementation of full-time distance education and the subsequent return to face-to-face instruction, the District did not produce a report by October 1, 2020. Therefore, CCSD’s report also includes information from the 2018-2019 school year.

CCSD has analyzed AB 469 and shared their findings related to each section, provided in the Report on the Organization of the Clark County School District.

The State Board President shared that the State Board’s goal is to help CCSD achieve the full implementation of the bill; support with clarity, ambiguity, and language; mend the relationship between CCSD Trustees & SBOE; and prevent failure of the implementation.

CCSD Trustees and board members discussed the need to understand what is and isn’t working regarding SOTs. Trustees welcomed thorough training and oversight by the SBOE.

Click here to view the AB469 presentation. 

Click here to view the Report on the Organization of the Clark County School District.


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